Over Spanned Floor Joists
Walking through your home when it has sagging, uneven floors is a nuisance and a safety risk. Over spanned floor joists are one of the most common culprits behind this issue.
Protecting your home from this issue requires help from a professional. AFS is known for our industry leading crawl space repair methods, and we have modern solutions to fix over spanned floor joists.
We’ll guide you through the essentials on over spanned floor joists, their causes, and rectification methods. Discover why AFS is your trusted partner for crawl space repairs.
What Are Over Spanned Floor Joists?
Over spanned floor joists are a situation where the joists—horizontal supports for your main floor—are set too far apart or lack the strength to support the floor’s load properly. This undermines your floor’s stability. Signs that your home has over spanned floor joists include:
Ensuring your joists are installed properly is key to a level, solid floor that will sustain any weight or movement inside your home. Staying on top of this issue is vital to prevent more extensive damage and keep your home stable.
What Causes Over Spanned Floor Joists?
Floor joists are susceptible to damage because of their location under your home. For that reason, some of the causes may go unseen.
It’s beneficial to be aware of what may cause crawl space damage. Here’s what to keep an eye out for:
- Moisture: Humidity in the crawl space causes joists to warp and floors to sag.
- Pest Infestation: Termites and other pests can compromise the strength of the joists.
- Foundation Troubles: Issues with the foundation can distribute stress unevenly across joists.
- Poor Construction: Joists may have been overly spaced apart from the start, creating insufficient support.
- Aging: Over time, the floor and joists may weaken without proper reinforcement.
To safeguard your home’s structure, it’s crucial to identify and resolve these underlying causes quickly. Regular check-ups and upkeep can catch issues early, preventing major headaches and expense.
Can You Fix Over Spanned Floor Joists?
Certainly, fixing over spanned floor joists is critical to avert additional harm and ensure the home’s safety and sturdiness.
Quick-fix approaches like sistering joists or installing makeshift posts often don’t offer lasting stability. Moreover, DIY attempts or generic store-bought products are risky, and they rarely solve the actual problem.
AFS has developed comprehensive solutions that support the entire structure and prevent your floor joists from becoming damaged in the future, upholding your home’s structural integrity for the long term.
How AFS Fixes Over Spanned Floor Joists
To effectively resolve issues with over spanned floor joists, the AFS team:
- Conducts a thorough inspection to identify damage and devise a repair plan.
- Precisely measures and fits steel IntelliJack™ supports to suit your crawl space dimensions.
- Sets a solid concrete footing in the crawl space for base support.
- Installs the IntelliJack™ supports, attaching them securely to each base and joist.
- Carefully adjusts the supports to stabilize the floors.
- Implements waterproofing measures including drainage systems and sump pumps.
- Seals vents and installs new doors if needed.
- Insulates the walls of the crawl space.
- Encapsulates with a 20-mil vapor barrier.
- Installs dehumidification system to continuously control moisture.
- Offers ongoing maintenance to guarantee a lasting fix.
AFS provides specialized, superior products tailored for your specific needs, surpassing alternatives and ensuring optimal results for your property. The IntelliJack™ system not only rectifies structural concerns but also mitigates the moisture issues that can cause floor joist damage.
Why Address Over Spanned Floor Joists Now
Prompt repair of over spanned floor joists is critical for:
- Preventing Additional Damage: Early repairs prevent more severe issues, preserving your home’s framework.
- Safety Assurance: Stabilized floors are vital for your family’s safety.
- Property Value: Structural repairs can sustain and possibly enhance your home’s market value.
- Future Cost Savings: Early intervention can prevent more substantial, expensive repairs later on.
Count on AFS and our custom, proprietary solutions to comprehensively tackle over spanned floor joists, delivering the complete support your home requires.
Contact AFS for Trustworthy Crawl Space Repair Solutions
Don’t ignore the warning signs—sagging and uneven floors from over spanned floor joists spell significant structural concerns. AFS is ready to assist you with this challenge.
Contact AFS today for a complimentary inspection and to explore your repair options. Our professionals are prepared to create a robust floor support scheme to ensure your home’s stability for the future. Begin the journey to securing your home today.
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